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Come join us for a weekend away filled with solid teaching from God’s word, rest from responsibility, and fun with your friends! You won’t have to lift a finger! Delicious food, encouraging worship, and a dynamic speaker, who will leave you ready to return to your home, families and work feeling refreshed. 

This annual spring retreat is for women ages 16 and older.


may 10 -11, 2024

Cost: $175 per person 

Early Registration $150 ends April 1, 2024
5:00-6:00 PM Registration
5:00-7:00 PM Coffee Shop/Camp Store
5:30-6:45 PM Dinner
7:00-8:30 PM Session 1
8:30-8:45 PM Discussion
9:00-9:30 PM Fun Time / Evening Snack
9:30 -?? Free Time / Fellowship
6:30-8:00 AM Coffee Shop
7:45-8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Session 2
10:30 AM Discussion Time
11:00-12:00 PM; 1:00-2:00 PM Free Time / Activities/ Optional Workshop/ Coffee Shop
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Session 3
4:00 PM Dismissal


Reverend Lana Williams is an ordained elder within the UMC and serves as an associate pastor at Ankeny First United Methodist Church. She received her Master of Divinity from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 2020. She has been involved in church ministry for over fifteen years, serving as children and youth ministry director prior to pastoral ministry. 

Lana’s faith journey reveals the transformative power of God’s love. Having experienced a profound transformation through the love of God, Lana carries a personal testimony of redemption and grace. She is a compassionate servant of God who seeks to share the Gospel. Through a ministry deeply rooted in love Lana actively seeks ways to connect with individuals, fostering a sense of community and understanding. At the heart of Pastor Lana’s mission is the profound belief in the importance of relationships – with God and others. This commitment is reflected not only in her pastoral duties but also in a genuine desire to build connections that nurture spiritual growth and mutual support.

Pastor Lana and her husband Jon, also a UMC pastor, have two children; Hunter and Reba. Hunter passed away six years ago. Reba currently lives and works in Ankeny. Lana loves to hike, enjoys nature, traveling and time with family.

Here, amidst the serene beauty of nature, we find the space to nurture our souls, strengthen our bonds, and empower each other to shine. From laughter-filled adventures to moments of quiet reflection, every experience at Wesley Woods is a testament to the resilience and beauty of the feminine spirit.


If you have to be away from home for one night you should be happily sleeping on our warm and updated cabins! We want you to leave refreshed and relaxed.  And don’t worry! We’ll make sure you get to have a sleepover with all of your friends! We’ll even have ear plugs for you in case someone in your cabin makes you need them. #wink


We aren’t just saying this because we have to… Our food is seriously one of the BEST parts of camp! Our food service manager brings their personal touch and experience to every meal and we offer a ton of fresh fruits, veggies and options for those with dietary restrictions.


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